Patch Adams

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A medical student in the 70's that treated patients, illegally, using humor.

Release Year: 1998

Rating: 6.3/10 (39,740 voted)

Critic's Score: 25/100

Tom Shadyac

Stars: Robin Williams, Daniel London, Monica Potter

Patch Adams is determined to become a medical doctor because he enjoys helping people. Unfortunately, the medical and scientific community does not appreciate his methods of healing the sick, while the actual patients, medical professors, and hospital nurses all appreciate the work *he* can do, because they are unable to do it.

Writers: Patch Adams, Maureen Mylander


Robin Williams

Patch Adams

Daniel London


Monica Potter


Philip Seymour Hoffman


Bob Gunton

Dean Walcott

Josef Sommer

Dr. Eaton

Irma P. Hall


Frances Lee McCain


Harve Presnell

Dean Anderson

Daniella Kuhn


Peter Coyote

Bill Davis

James Greene


Michael Jeter


Harold Gould

Arthur Mendelson

Bruce Bohne

Trevor Beene

Based On A True Story.


Official Website:
Official site at Universal |

Release Date: 25 December 1998

Filming Locations: Asheville, North Carolina, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $50,000,000


Opening Weekend: $25,262,280
(27 December 1998)
(2712 Screens)

Gross: $135,014,968
(30 May 1999)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


Richard Kiley's final film.


During the welcome scene at the school, the green folder on the desk/counter moves between shots.


Hunter Patch Adams:
Now you have the ability to keep me from graduating. You can keep me from getting the title and the white coat. But you can't control my spirit, gentlemen. You can't keep me from learning, you can't keep me from studying. So you have a choice: you can have me as a professional colleague, passionate, or you can have me as an outspoken outsider, still adament. Either way I'll probably still be viewed as a thorn. But I promise you one thing: I am a thorn that will not go away

Is that all?

Hunter Patch Adams:
I hope not, sir.

User Review

Robin Williams:The Best Medicine

Rating: 7/10

In my opinion,Robin Williams is at his best when playing characters
much like himself.This film is based on the life of the real Hunter
"Patch" Adams,a man that Williams himself says that he closely relates
to.In the medical profession,it is easy to become hard nosed and so
wrapped up in treating the sickness that it is all too easy to forget
that there are actual people behind the sickness.We are taught by Patch
to treat the person first,because when you do so,treating the illness
becomes somewhat easier.Sometimes people don't get better,but treating
the soul to a laugh or two can lessen the pain and suffering.Sometimes
people die,and while the people that loved them suffer and grieve,the
suffering and grief are eased somewhat by the knowledge that their
departed loved ones no longer suffer.This role was tailor made for
Williams,and he is supported well,including another overlooked
performance by the late Michael Jeter as a squirrel fearing mental
patient.Thumbs up!